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Ratings Rat Race: ‘Elementary’ Solid, ‘Last Resort’ Soft In Debuts; ‘Men’ Down In Move

By | Friday September 28, 2012 @ 9:47am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Is the black hole known as ABC’s Thursday 8 PM slot ready to swallow another high-profile scripted series? Shawn Ryan’s well received submarine drama Last Resort launched to a modest 2.2 rating/share in adults 18-49 last night. That was just a tenth better than last fall’s debut of the now-defunct Charlie’s Angels in the hour but qualifies as ABC’s best drama debut in the slot in three years as My Generation was DOA in the period in 2010. ABC continues to dispatch new scripted fare to the Thursday 8 PM slot where it’s only had success with the unscripted Wipeout for the past few years.

Last Resort was one of two new series to premiere last night. The other, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes drama Elementary, did better, winning the 10 PM slot with a 3.1/9 in 18-49 and 13.3 million total viewers. It built on its lead-in (2.9/8), a rare feat for a 10 PM show, and it was up by 11% in the demo from the season premiere of The Mentalist in the time slot last fall. One encouraging sign for Last Resort was the 15% 18-49 rise from the first to the second half-hour. (Elementary‘s demo rating slipped by 9% from the first to the second half-hour.) Read More »

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TV TEASER: New Promos For CBS Series ‘Elementary’ And ‘Vegas’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 11:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS is launching new on-air promos for its upcoming drama series: contemporary Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, and sprawling period mob drama Vegas toplined by Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis. Elementary takes over the Thursday 10 PM slot from The Mentalist, while Vegas will anchor Tuesday night at 10 PM. Here are first looks at the promos:

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CBS’ ‘Vegas’ Vs. ‘Elementary’ And What Makes A Procedural: TCA

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 3:00pm PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Is it a procedural, or is it not a procedural? This question has come up twice at today’s ongoing CBS TCAs: Once in the case of the drama Elementary, the network’s new take on Sherlock Holmes updated to contemporary New York, and later at the panel on the ‘60s period drama Vegas. It’s a natural question given the collective body count of CBS’ hit procedurals, including the various CSI’s, NCIS, Hawaii Five-0, etc. In both cases, the producers claimed that their new series would go beyond the standard procedural by delving into character and story.

Related: CBS’ ‘Partners’ Creators Cope With Complicated Back Story: TCA

Earlier, Elementary executive producer Rob Doherty said he “respects” shows that are specifically procedurals” but “they’re not my bag, it’s not what I like when I tune in.” He said that his series is more interested it the “intricate pieces of Origami” that go into the creation of the mind of Sherlock Holmes.

Related: CBS Keeps ‘Elementary’s “Secrets” But Teases Moriarty: TCA

And, for Vegas, executive producer Cathy Konrad echoed those sentiments, saying she was happy CBS was not placing this drama, based on the true-life character Las Vegas sheriff … Read More »

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CBS Keeps ‘Elementary’s “Secrets” But Teases Moriarty: TCA

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 11:46am PDT

Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

At the top of today’s TCA session on the new CBS drama series Elementary — the network’s new take on the Sherlock Holmes legacy with the twist of a female Watson (Lucy Liu) — executive producer Rob Doherty announced that the show’s producers “have a plan” to introduce their own version of Holmes’ criminal nemesis, Professor Moriarty, as well as Sherlock’s father.

Related: CBS’ Nina Tassler Skewers Rivals, Says She’s “Optimistic” About ‘HIMYM’ Renewal

But beyond describing Holmes’ father as “an interesting shadowy figure,” Doherty left the characters a mystery except to say: “We look forward to introducing them as we go,” not specifying a time frame. Later in the session, Doherty said about a new Moriarty: “We want to keep all our secrets. I feel it’s important at the end of the day to be true to the spirit of the character” whom he described in the original books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as “a spider at the center of the web of crime in London.”
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CBS Unveils Key Art For Its New Fall Series

By | Sunday July 29, 2012 @ 8:42am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has released the key art designs for its four new fall series: dramas Elementary, Vegas and Made In Jersey and comedy Partners. The image for Elementary, a contemporary take on the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson set in New York City, features stars Jonny Lee Miller (Holmes) and Lucy Liu (Watson) with the tagline “New Holmes. New Watson. New York.” Partners, about two life-long best friends and business partners — one straight (David Krumholtz) and one gay (Michael Urie) — and their significant others (Sophia Bush, Brandon Routh), actually uses a line creators Max Mutchick and David Kohan used to pitch the show: “Four Friends. Three Couples.” The key art for Vegas, set in 1960s Las Vegas as it begins its rise as a gambling and entertainment mecca, showcases stars Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, while Made In Jersey is all about its lead, Martina Garretti (Janet Montgomery), a young working-class woman from New Jersey who uses her street smarts to succeed at a top New York law firm. (Click on images for larger view)

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Comic-Con: ‘Elementary’s Lucy Liu Gets Enthusiastic Support From Crowd

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 7:34pm PDT

Two and a half months before Elementary premieres on CBS, the pilot screened to a packed ballroom here at Comic-Con and it was all about the woman. Lucy Liu to be specific. The actress and her casting as Joan Watson in the Sherlock Holmes modernization attracted a lot of attention when it was announced in February. But to today’s applauding Comic-Con crowd Liu, who plays a sober companion to the recovering addict Holmes, seemed as natural to the Holmes iconography as the Facebook, cell phone records, drug addiction and New York Mets references in the pilot. It continued during the panel that followed. “We love you” cried out a fan at the back of the hall as Liu responded to an audience question concerning criticism about her casting. “I think the gender change creates a dynamic and chemistry that you don’t see in the films and the BBC series,” said Liu earlier to applause, “I’m not saying it’s romantic but it’s little bit of tingle.” Liu and Elementary’s Holmes, Jonny Lee Miller, were joined on the panel by executive producers Robert Doherty and Carl Beverly. “Lucy was hired because she’s a great actor,” said Beverly to big cheers. Doherty told the crowd that turning Watson into a woman was an essential part of his version of the detective but not to … Read More »

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Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly’s Company Re-Ups WIth CBS TV Studios

By | Monday June 18, 2012 @ 12:05pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sarah Timberman ElementaryEXCLUSIVE: Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly are staying put at CBS TV Studios. The duo’s Timberman/Beverly Prods has signed a new three-year overall deal with CBS Studios, where they have been since 2010. Like their previous pact, the new one is exclusive in network TV and first-look in cable. Timberman and Beverly landed new series on the air in both years of their first deal with CBS Studios. The company is behind one of this fall’s highest-profile new shows, CBS’ Sherlock Holmes Carl Beverly CBS TV Studiosreboot Elementary, which landed the marquee Thursday 10 PM slot. It is one of three series Timberman/Beverly has on the air alongside FX’s Justified and Showtime’s newly picked up Masters Of Sex, both produced by Sony Pictures TV, where Timberman and Beverly were previously based. Last season, Timberman/Beverly had two freshman series on the CBS schedule, Unforgettable and A Gifted Man. Following the surprise cancellation of Unforgettable, the studios that produced the drama procedural, CBS TV Studios and Sony TV, are currently exploring ways to continue it elsewhere. Read More »

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‘Good Wife’ Writer Corinne Brinkerhoff Inks With CBS Studios, Joins ‘Elementary’

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 5:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Hot young writer Corinne Brinkerhoff has signed a two-tear deal with CBS TV Studios. For the past three years, Brinkerhoff worked on CBS TV Studios’ praised CBS legal drama The Good Wife, which she joined after the pilot, rising to supervising producer. Under her new pact with CBS TV Studios, which also includes a development component, Brinkerhoff will join the studio’s high-profile new drama series for CBS, Elementary, as a co-executive producer. UTA-repped Brinkerhoff started her career on Boston Legal before segueing to The Good Wife.

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CBS Releases Trailers For ‘Elementary’, ‘Made In Jersey’, ‘Partners’, ‘Vegas’

By | Friday May 25, 2012 @ 12:03pm PDT

CBS released full trailers today for the network’s new series that were announced last week. Trailers were shown to press covering CBS’ upfront presentations but were not made available for general release until today.

CBS’ Elementary
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta. Directed by Michael Cuesta (pilot):

CBS’ Made In Jersey
Produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Julia Franz and Mark Waters. Written by creator/co-executive producer Dana Calvo (pilot). Directed by Mark Waters (pilot):

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CBS First Look Teasers: 2012-13 New Shows

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 2:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NOTE: The network will release full trailers of all its shows in the next few days. CBS did provide behind-the-scenes featurettes of the fall-premiering shows, noted below.

Related: CBS’ 2012-13 Schedule: ‘Two & Half Men’ Moves To Thursday, ‘Mentalist’ To Sunday

CBS’ Partners – Comedy
Produced by Warner Bros Television. From executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. Directed by James Burrows (pilot). Here’s a behind-the-scenes look:

CBS’ Elementary – Drama
Produced by CBS Television Studios. From executive producers Rob Doherty, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly and Michael Cuesta. Directed by Michael Cuesta (pilot):

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CBS Update: ‘Rules Of Engagement’ Talks Down To The Wire, ‘Mentalist’ On The Move

By | Tuesday May 15, 2012 @ 3:16pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rules Of Engagement RenewalThe renewal of CBS‘ long-running sitcom Rules Of Engagement is going down to the wire. Less that 24 hours before CBS’ upfront presentation tomorrow, the network and Rules producer Sony Pictures TV continue to be deep in negotiations on a pickup. The two sides are still going back-and-forth on a number of issues, including the size of a potential seventh-season order, but there appears to be a will on both parts to make it happen. The show needs 13 episodes to get to the 100-episode mark. CBS only ordered two new comedy series for next season, so, as this season proved, having a reliable performer like Rules on the bench could come in handy. Read More »

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Nellie Andreeva

(RE-POSTED FROM FRIDAY): Back by popular demand: Deadline’s Pilot Buzz lists. We’re earlier than normal this year while pilots have generally been late, with only a handful of them having cuts by now and the vast majority still in various stages of production. Therefore, everything on this list has to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt as a lot could change between a table read and a final cut. Take NBC’s comedy pilot SAVE ME for example. After some mixed and even negative chatter early on, mostly related to the tone of the show, originally developed for Showtime, the tide changed completely over the last two days when people saw the completed pilot, which is getting high marks. The list also doesn’t cover every pilot as some of them have not gotten into production yet or feedback has been insufficient:

The network already has one new scripted series on tap for next season, HANNIBAL, which I hear may go for midseason. With the network in such bad shape after years of neglect and bad decisions by previous regimes, NBC seems to have cast a very wide net this season, developing a vast range of projects that are all over the map, making it harder to handicap. On the drama side, mystery MIDNIGHT SUN and the Jekyll & Hyde-esque DO NO HARM are getting some solid early buzz. The Jason Katims/Jason Ritter medical drama COUNTY, which just wrapped, also has been getting positive feedback. Western-esque THE FRONTIER, which is shooting in Australia, is getting notices for its rich look. Comedy-wise, ANIMAL KINGDOM is hot, as is White House family comedy 1600 PENN, despite a last-minute recasting, as well as the Matthew Perry starrer GO ON and Greg Daniels’ FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER. The network also is high on a couple of multi-camera comedies, the untitled KARI LIZER and JIMMY FALLON projects, with TABLE FOR THREE also looking encouraging so far. The Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler blended family comedy THE NEW NORMAL is still shooting but, with the auspices involved, it is considered a strong contender. NBC brass seem to like the SARAH SILVERMAN pilot, which had an early order, but Silverman is considered acquired taste, so a lot will depend on testing.

The KEVIN WILLIAMSON project was very strong at the script stage, got even stronger with the casting of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, and seems to be sailing through production. Meanwhile the untitled KARYN USHER teen-spy drama, which also was an early standout during the script phase, then hit a speed bump in casting the lead, which took a very long time, now appears to be in great shape, with newcomer Saxon Sharbino getting strong reviews. The Williamson and Karyn projects seem to be the top drama contenders at the moment, Read More »

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Aidan Quinn To Co-Star In ‘Elementary’, ‘Descendants’ Amara Miller In ’1600 Penn’

By | Wednesday March 7, 2012 @ 6:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Aidan Quinn is set to co-star opposite Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. Just out of rehab, Holmes now lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson (Liu) while consulting for the NYPD. Quinn will play NYPD Captain Gregson who worked with Sherlock at Scotland Yard after 9/11 and was so impressed with his work that he has invited him to work as a consultant to the police in New York City. Gregson grew accustomed to Sherlock’s “eccentricities” in the U.K., but knows they won’t necessarily fly in the Big Apple. Michael Cuesta is directing the pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly. Quinn most recently played an NYPD detective on another primetime drama, NBC’s Prime Suspect.
Amara Miller, who played George Clooney’s youngest daughter Scottie in The Descendants, has joined the cast of the NBC comedy pilot 1600 Penn, co-created by Josh Gad, Jason Winer and Jon Lovett and directed by Winer. Produced by 20th TV, it is a dysfunctional family comedy where the out-of-control oldest son (Gad) returns home and becomes not only it’s biggest liability but also the glue holding everyone together. … Read More »

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Lucy Liu To Play Watson In CBS’ Modern Sherlock Holmes Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Monday February 27, 2012 @ 4:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

The name is Watson, Joan Watson. Lucy Liu is set to play Sherlock Holmes’ sidekick in CBS’ drama pilot Elementary, whose tweaks to Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic include switching Watson’s gender to female. The project, written by Robert Doherty, is set in present day and stars Jonny Lee Miller as eccentric Brit Sherlock Holmes, a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. Just out of rehab, Holmes now lives in Brooklyn with “sober companion” Joan Watson (Liu), a former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died, while consulting for the NYPD. Michael Cuesta is directing the pilot, produced by CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly. Ally McBeal alumna Liu, who had 2 pilots vying for her, is recurring on the current season of the TNT cop drama Southland and will next be seen in the feature Man With The Iron Fists.

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Jonny Lee Miller To Play Sherlock Holmes In CBS Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 11:18am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: CBS’s Sherlock Holmes reboot Elementary has solved its first big mystery — who will play the famous detective. Former Eli Stone star Jonny Lee Miller has been tapped as the lead of the project, a modern take on the cases of Sherlock Holmes who now lives in New York City. Robert Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing the CSB TV Studios pilot with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. Michael Cuesta is on board to direct. Following his stint as the title character on the ABC drama series Eli Stone, British actor Miller did an arc on Dexter. He most recently starred in Danny Boyle’s stage version of Frankenstein in London, a role that earned him a best actor Evening Standard Theatre Award. He shared it with his co-lead Benedict Cumberbatch who coincidentally plays Holmes on BBC’s much lauded series Sherlock, a modern update of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic set in London. Miller, repped by IFA and Independent Talent Group, will next be seen in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Neil Jordan’s Byzantium.

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Michael Cuesta Signs Overall Deal With CBS Studios, Will Direct CBS Pilot ‘Elementary’

By | Thursday January 26, 2012 @ 5:51pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Hot off directing the pilot for Showtime’s acclaimed new drama series Homeland, which he also executive produces, Michael Cuesta has signed an overall deal with CBS TV Studios. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts immediately and runs through June 1, 2013, Cuesta will direct and executive produce the studio’s contemporary Sherlock Holmes drama pilot Elementary. He will also develop for next season, probably with his brother Gerald Cuesta, with whom he did the cult 2007 CBS/20th TV zombie pilot Babylon Fields. Michael Cuesta will likely write a pilot, which he will direct if greenlighted. If not, he will helm another pilot for CBS TV Studios next season. The overall deal won’t interfere with Cuesta’s duties on Homeland, on which he will continue as executive producer and primary director at least through Season 2. Cuesta recently received a DGA nomination for helming the pilot of the Golden Globe-winning series.

The pact reunites WME-repped Cuesta with CBS TV Studios after he directed the pilot for the studio’s CBS drama series Blue Bloods. He also directed the pilot of another hit series, Showtime’s Dexter. Elementary is described as a modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye created by Arthur Conan Doyle, with Sherlock now living in New York City. Veteran Medium writer-producer Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing with Cuesta, Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly.

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CBS Greenlights Legal Drama Pilot, Contemporary ‘Sherlock Holmes’

By | Tuesday January 17, 2012 @ 11:20am PST
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATED: CBS got on the board this morning with its first drama pilot orders this season. Greenlighted are Baby Big Shot, a legal drama written by Dana Calvo (TNT’s Franklin & Bash) and executive produced by Kevin Falls, who will serve as showrunner, and Elementary, a modern-day Sherlock Holmes series from writer Rob Doherty.

Baby Big Shot, from Sony TV, Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare and CBS TV Studios, centers on a working-class woman who uses her street smarts to compete with her more polished colleagues at a tony Manhattan law firm. Falls, Tarses and her Fanfare partner Julia Franz are executive producing, with Calvo serving as co-executive producer. This marks the first network drama pilot for comedy-centric Fanfare, which ventured into the hourlong format with TNT dramedy Franklin & Bash.

Elementary, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/ Beverly Prods., is described as a modern take on the cases of the pipe-smoking private eye created by Arthur Conan Doyle, with Sherlock now living in New York City. Veteran Medium writer-producer Doherty wrote the script and is executive producing the project with Sarah Timberman & Carl Beverly. Sherlock Holmes is very much in the zeitgeist right now with Guy Ritchie’s movie franchise starring Robert Downey Jr. and BBC’s hit series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which was just renewed for third season.

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